I'm doing some equipment research for a friends surfing doco.
I need a lapel mic and a recorder as small as possible to be sewn into a surfers rash vest.
A waterproof lapel mic I've seen is the Voice Technologies VT500water. Anyone used one in water?
I then need to connect it to a recording device that I can hit record on and leave recording for roughly 30mins( the length of the film) but preferably 50mins.
The device will need to withstand being thrashed around in the surf and therefore needs to be waterproof or resistant. I don't need anything fancy, just a mic input and a button to record with, with either inbuilt memory and an output method or record to memory card.
Sound quality I'm not too sure on yet, but it is to capture breaths and body movement sounds of a surfer out in the water, there will probably not be any dialogue needed from this mic and recorder setup as several on camera mics in the surf will cover dialogue if there is any.
I have a few solutions I've found, but any help appreciated. size of device is probably the most important thing as it needs to be hidden and not too visibly protruding from under a rashvest(not a wetsuit) and i'd like to keep away from transmitters.
On another note has anyone had experience where they have needed to be in the surf or rapids while doing higher quality recordings with shotguns, with a good chance you are going underwater at any moment?